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Organizational Milestones

1987  
Fabian Barnes begins the Dance Institute of Washington as a summer intensive dance program for hearing-impaired youth at Gallaudet Model Secondary School for the Deaf.  

1991
DIW holds its program at six recreation centers throughout DC, giving special attention to Wards Seven and Eight.  

1993
DIW incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and establishes its first holiday performance at the Kennedy Center.  

1996
Fabian retires from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to give his full attention to DIW's school of dance and outreach program.  

1998
DIW receives the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.  

2000
Fabian Barnes receives the Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award.

DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.

Fabian Barnes receives the Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.  

2001
CNN's "American Heroes" recognizes Fabian Barnes for his tireless work in bringing dance, arts education and performance opportunities to inner-city youth.  

2002
Fabian Barnes establishes Washington Reflections Dance Company.  

2003
Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semifinals: Dance Institute of Washington is recognized as Outstanding School and the DIW's Senior Youth Repertory Ensemble is recognized as 1st Place Ensemble.  

2004
The NBC Today Show credits DIW with "keeping Dr. King's dream alive" by dedicating a center to performing arts education, youth development, child development and community enrichment.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington honors Mr. Barnes as the 2004 recipient of the Founder's Award.

Leadership Greater Washington inducts Fabian Barnes as a member.  
2005
Fabian Barnes is featured on the Remarkable Journey hosted by Kweisi Mfume.  

2006
WYCB 1340 AM recognizes Fabian Barnes as an African American Faces in High Places Local Honoree.

DIW celebrates the grand opening of its state-of-the-art dance facility in Columbia Heights.  

2007
DIW celebrates its 20th anniversary.  

2008
Washingtonian Magazine honors Fabian Barnes as a Washingtonian of the Year.  

2009
DIW's Youth Repertory Ensemble performs as part of a special concert in honor of Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.

DIW receives a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to participate in the UPSTART capacity building program.  

2010
DIW's pre-professional and community students perform an adaptation of West Side Story at Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.  

2011
DIW's Positive Directions Through Dance program wins the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  

2012
DIW celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a culminating gala event November 29th at the French Embassy.  

2013
Fabian Barnes is awarded the Amtrak Pioneer award for outstanding involvement in the community dealing with Washington, DC youth and beneficial community outreach efforts!
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